Calendar of Upcoming Events

Saturday, March 25
UMM Flapjack Fundraiser. Applebee’s Restaurant, 829 Providence Road, Brandon Florida, 8-10 AM
Family Fun Fair. Church Grounds, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

Tuesday, March 28
ESOL & GED Classes Start.  RUMC Campus, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.

Saturday, April 1
Day on Campus.  Florida United Methodist Children’s Home, Enterprise, Florida, 9 AM-3 PM.

Saturday, April 8
Church Work Day.  Parsonage Grounds, 9:00 AM—Noon

Sunday, April 9
Easter Cantata.  Sanctuary, 10:30 AM

Wednesday, April 12
Day of Prayer and Fasting.  No Wonderful Wednesday Activities.

Thursday, April 13
Maundy Thursday Service.  New Hope UMC, 120 N. Knights Avenue, Brandon, 7:30 PM.

Friday, April 14
Good Friday Service.  St. Andrews UMC, 3315 S. Bryan Road, Brandon, 7:00 PM.

Saturday, April 15
Church Work Day.  Parsonage Grounds, 9:00 AM—Noon

Sunday, April 16
Coffee and Rolls in the Parsonage. Parsonage, 7:00-8:00 AM.
Sonrise Service “Down by the River”. Parsonage Grounds, 8:00 AM.
Easter Sunday Brunch. Fellowship Hall, 9:15 AM—10:30 AM.
Traditional Easter Service. Sanctuary, 10:30 AM.
Pastor’s Lenten Study and Sermon Series
Pastor Merritt will begin a Lenten Study based on Adam Hamilton’s “24 Hours That Changed the World”. The study begins by comparing the various gospel accounts of the Last Supper, and ending with the Lord’s death on the cross 24 hours later. The study will begin on Wednesday, March 8th.

Starting on Sunday, March 5th (the first Sunday of Lent), Pastor Merritt will begin a Lenten sermon series on “The Last Words of Christ”—based on the words of Christ on the cross as recorded in the gospel.

Everyone is welcome to participate in these Lenten activities to strengthen their faith and commitment to Christ.

Holy Week Schedule
Please join the congregation at RUMC for our usual Holy Week schedule. On Palm Sunday, April 9th, our chancel choir will perform its annual Easter Cantata. 

Pastor Merritt is calling for Wednesday, April 12th to be a day of Prayer and Fasting. There will be no Wonderful Wednesday events scheduled for that day.

Thursday, April 13th will be Maundy Thursday. A Maundy Thursday service will be held at New Hope United Methodist Church (formerly First Brandon UMC) on 120 N. Knights Avenue in Brandon, beginning at 7:30 PM.

Friday, April 14th will see the Good Friday Service at St. Andrews UMC on 3315 S. Bryan Road in Brandon, starting at 7:00 PM.

Sunday, April 16th will be Easter. We will have two services on that day. Our annual “Sonrise Service Down by the River”, will be held on the parsonage grounds with a lovely view of the Alafia River. Lay Pastor Norma Encarnacion will be preaching at that service, and the parsonage itself will be open before and during the service. Come early to see what is new at the parsonage and to have some coffee and rolls before the Sonrise Service.

Our regular Easter service will be held in the Sanctuary at 10:30 AM, with Pastor Merritt Waters officiating. Between the two services, the Care Committee will be serving Easter brunch in the Fellowship Hall.

We sincerely invite everyone to spend some time in worship at RUMC during Holy Week. If it has been a while, maybe it’s time to get reacquainted with our Savior in Riverview this year.

UMM Flapjack Fundraiser  
The United Methodist Men are planning another Flapjack Fundraiser at the Applebee’s Restaurant on 829 Providence Road in Brandon on Saturday, March 25th. The men will be selling tickets at $7.00 apiece throughout February and March. Get your tickets and join the church for breakfast. 

Family Fun Fair on March 25th
The Hispanic Congregation is sponsoring a Family Fun Fair on Saturday, March 25th from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM. There will be a bounce house, food, and games for children and adults. The purpose of the Family Fun Fair is to introduce our neighborhood—both Spanish and English speakers—to the programs of RUMC, including the new ESOL and GED classes.

Trustee Work Days
The RUMC Trustees are planning two work days in April. The objective of the work days is to get the grounds down by the river ready for our annual “Easter on the River” service. You are invited to help out on Saturday, April 8th and again on Saturday, April 15th; everyone should make one or both of the days.

During February and March, the interior of the parsonage is being painted, carpets are being steamed and minor repairs are taking place. Special thanks go out to Debbie Burt, Margo Holiday and Doug Boring for their fine efforts getting the parsonage prepared for occupancy.

Your Talents Are Needed
There are currently several opportunities for ministry available here at RUMC. How do your gifts and graces correspond to any of these challenges:

  • An Outreach and Missions Team Leader
  • A Kitchen Captain for kitchen supplies and maintenance
  • Volunteers to help with our upcoming ESOL & GED classes
  • Sunday morning greeters
  • A new church treasurer. [Connie Mosley who has held this position for the past 10 years is stepping down effective as of June 1, 2017. She is looking to train her replacement over the next 3 months.]

As always, your church needs you. Is the Holy Spirit leading you participate in the life of the RUMC church family?  

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Relationships/Refreshment, 10:00 AM-10:25 AM
Worship Service, 10:30 AM
Hispanic Worship Service
 12:00 Noon

Rev. Merritt Waters, Pastor
Norma Encarnacion, Lay Pastor, Hispanic Congregation

Here at Riverview First United Methodist Church, it is our mission to win people to Christ, to train believers to become disciples, and to send disciples to impact our community and the world for Jesus Christ.
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Download the Prayer Tree for 
March 26 from this link.
Bible Passage of the Week
God or Wealth?

Whoever is faithful with little is also faithful with much, and the one who is dishonest with little is also dishonest with much. If you haven’t been faithful with worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? If you haven’t been faithful with someone else’s property, who will give you your own?  No household servant can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be loyal to the one and have contempt for the other.  You cannot serve God and wealth.

Luke 16:10-13 (CEB)
ESOL & GED Classes 
Now Available at RUMC

English as a Second Language (ESOL) and General Education Development (GED) classes are beginning at RUMC on Tuesday, March 28th. These classes are geared primarily to Spanish-speaking persons in the Riverview Area who are interested in improving their English language skills and obtaining the GED equivalent to a high school diploma—skills that many can use to obtain employment and a better life for themselves and their families.
You Tube videos of recent Sunday Services are available from the 
Services page.